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The sound barrier was the point at which an object started moving faster then the speed of sound. It used to be thought that the sound barrier could not be broken, but Chuck Yeager proved this wrong. Geordi La Forge once compared the accomplishment with Zephram Cochrane engaging the first warp drive. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; TNG: "New Ground")

The sound barrier was mentioned in a famous deleted scene from Star Trek Generations in which James T. Kirk went orbital skydiving. In the scene, a sound which Pavel Chekov identified as Kirk breaking the sound barrier was the first sign Chekov and Scotty detected of Kirk's approach.

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